The Galaxy A50 was quite popular for a large part of this year and to keep the ball rolling, Samsung has launched an upgraded Galaxy A50s with improved hardware, 48MP sensor led cameras, tweaked design, and more prominently a more feature-rich software.
All the added muscle should keep the phone relevant for more time to come and help it compete against the burgeoning competition from Chinese brands. Is the Samsung Galaxy A50s up for the task? We have had some hands-on experience with the phone and will share our initial thoughts in the Galaxy A50s first impression that follows.
Also Check: Samsung Galaxy A50 Review
Samsung Galaxy A50s Price and specifications
|Display||6.4-inch FHD+ (1080×2340)Super AMOLED|
|Camera||48MP (F2.0) + 5MP + 8MP (Ultra Wide)|
|Chipset||Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.7GHz|
|Memory||4GB / 6GB|
|Up to 512GB expandable|
|15W Fast Charging|
|Dimension||158.5 x 74.5 x 7.7mm|
|Color||Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, and Prism Crush Violet|
|Others||On-screen Fingerprint, USB C-Type, Bixby|
|Price in India||
Samsung Galaxy A50s: Design and Build
The Samsung Galaxy A50s has almost the same dimensions as the original Galaxy A50. It’s an insignificant 3 grams heavier, and that’s perhaps the added heft of the 48MP camera sensor that replaces the 25MP primary shooter on the Galaxy A50.
Back in the day, the Galaxy A50 design really impressed us and today we can appreciate it even more. Indeed, this year the phones, in general, have grown uncomfortably big and bulky and the Galaxy A50 with its svelte figure and ergonomic curves is a pure delight to handle.
The material used for the back panel is still plastic, but Samsung distinguishes the ‘s’ variant with a classy gradient that spices things up without going overboard. Add to that a fascinating AMOLED screen and you’ve got yourself a winner!
Just as on the Galaxy Note10, the power key now doubles as the Bixby button. You can, however, remap it as the usual power key (Settings >> Advanced >> Side Key) or even configure double press action to directly launch any app.
The Galaxy A50s further has a fingerprint sensor and a USB Type-C port at the bottom that can accept 15W adaptive fast charging. During the course of our review, we’d be checking if Samsung has improved the performance of the in-display sensor as compared to the Galaxy A50.
This time, Samsung also bundles a protective case in the box.
Samsung Galaxy A50s: Display
The Galaxy A50s has a good quality Full HD+ AMOLED display and the display settings now list the new Samsung color presets – Vivid and Natural – of which the Natural works better for us. Samsung doesn’t specify Gorilla Glass for any other form of scratch-resistance, but the screen does have an oleophobic coating to keep the smudges at bay.
The contrast is high and software has features like Always-on display and dark mode to leverage awesome AMOLED blacks.
The display has a notch for the front camera and the chin at the bottom is a hair thicker than what you get from competing phones from Realme and Xiaomi. In other words, it isn’t quite as immersive as what you’d get on pop-up camera phones like Realme X or Redmi K20.
We like what we are seeing and we’d be passing our final verdict on the quality in our review. For now, we’d say the display on the A50s isn’t something that prospective buyers need to worry about.
Samsung Galaxy A50s: Performance hardware and Software
The Galaxy A50 was powered by Exynos 9610 octa-core chipset and the A50s gets a slight upgrade – Exynos 9611. The clock frequency and architecture of CPU cores remains unchanged but Samsung claims improvements in graphics (The Mali G72 GPU cores are perhaps clocked higher). Samsung has doubled the storage to 128GB for both 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.
Samsung also adds a Game Booster to customize the game performance of PUBG. We hope that after the upgrade high-end games will be playable on the phone. At the same time, the Galaxy A50s might not be an option for hardcore gamers but for moderate and heavy users who aren’t particularly into gaming.
The software on the Galaxy A50s gets several refinements. Samsung isn’t holding back on One UI features for the A-series midrangers anymore and the A50s gets the full set including Samsung Pay (not the mini, but full version) and edge launcher.
One UI is one of our personal favorite Android skins, and it surely lends Samsung a massive advantage against phones from Xiaomi, Realme, OPPO and Vivo that are still pushing iOS-like shoddy interfaces.
There are a few pre-installed apps on the phone, but users get the option to uninstall them. For anyone who’s asking, the Galaxy A50s has Widevine DRM L1 certification and supports HD streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.
Even with the light profile, you get a 4000mAh battery inside, with a moderately fast 15W adaptive charging. We are hoping the mileage should be good enough for most users.
Samsung Galaxy A50s: Camera expectations
One of the most significant upgrades to the Galaxy A50s is its camera. To help it compete against a sea of 48MP camera phones, Samsung adds one to the phone. Benchmark apps confirm that Samsung is using Sony IMX582 sensor (the same one that’s used on Redmi K20 and Vivo Z1x).
The primary camera is paired with an Ultra-Wide angle camera with 123-degrees FoV. The third sensor is a basic depth sensor with the purpose of enhancing portrait shots.
The camera app is modeled after the one Samsung uses in its high-end phones and has flagship features like Best Shot Suggestions, Scene Optimizer, Super Slow-mo videos, and Document Scanner, apart from regular ones like Super Night Mode.
The camera hardware is surely quite exciting, but once again, it’s too early to pass any judgment. We will be testing the camera a lot more and will be back with a concrete verdict in our review.
Samsung Galaxy A50s First Impressions
The Samsung Galaxy A50s strikes as a very premium phone and adds iterative refinements to the very popular Galaxy A50. Apart from upgrading the Camera hardware and design, Samsung has brought the software up to speed.
Features that it can surely leverage against better-specced Chinese competition are its One UI software, its elegant, ergonomic design, and of course, the Samsung branding.
The Galaxy A50s is not an online exclusive offering and will also be available in offline retail stores. We will be testing the phone further to judge how much of an improvement Exynos 9611 is performance and whether the 48MP camera sensors makes a significant difference or not. For now, we are optimistic.